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UMass Boston Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Graduate student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, personal development, good feedback

    Cons

    Little pay, lots of work

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Boston

    Pros

    Great envrionment to work in

    Cons

    Easy to manage schedule with school

    Recommends
  3.  

    Hard to get stuff done without experience in how to work around the roadblocks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Instructional Support Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great independence, campus is beautiful, coworkers and clients are great. Very lenient about personal time. Lots of exciting movement in developing the campus and services.

    Cons

    Too many deadbeat employees, but if you are motivated, excited, and clever, you can use that to your advantage. Low pay, compared to other schools. Not enough strategy and vision from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization on projects, more of a higher-level plan. Get rid of the deadbeat employees that bring everyone done!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Boston part-time

    Pros

    Fee waiver is very healpful

    Cons

    Low pay according to workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Typical higher education problems and a terrible campus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are good. The professors are highly rated. The view from campus is beautiful. Easily accessible through shuttle and public transportation.

    Cons

    Very low pay. I took an 18% decrease to get experience and to work in public education. Benefits look ok at first, but they are not very good compared to other institutions in the area. If you live in the city it is easy to get to, but if you commute from any other place it is a nightmare. Like most (if not all) higher ed institutions the upper management are more concerned with getting credit for things than they are for actually improving the student experience. The only reason this place has a good reputation is that the faculty are very good!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people just because they have been here forever and base it on ability and performance. Also, enforce the employee evaluation system (not done in my department).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great University!!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Boston, MA

    I worked at UMass Boston as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The faculty, students, and other staff are wonderful.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Research assistance position at Umass Boston

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It gives me the possibility to work at the same time that I am doing my PhD

    Cons

    The salary is way too low compared to that of the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    IT Consultant

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant

    I have been working at UMass Boston part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very reasonable work load and work life balance being a public university. The school, and the resources available to both employees, and students seem to be improving.

    Cons

    The work culture does involve some politics, but which company doesn't have politics?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give higher compensation and allow for a more innovative atmosphere at the work place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Court in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Food Court in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UMass Boston as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment.
    Academic organization.
    I'm studying undergraduate here while working on small jobs at the university. I love the faculties and the environment. The location is near sea, it's beautiful.

    Cons

    I think the school need to develop more. The school is pretty small, so it doesn't need much people to fill the job. As the school becomes bigger, it will need more people, create more jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the parking is very expensive..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Mixed Bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Teaching eager young minds is an exhilarating experience. The students here are hardworking and many of them also keep a job and family while getting an education. Some stories are truly inspiring.

    Cons

    Some colleagues represent the worst of the problems in higher education. They pander to the students in the worst way and inflate grades. They have fostered a culture where a student can ask for 'additional' assignment, which would boost the grade irrespective of what is submitted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch closely the learning of students and check who advances it and who damages it. With environmental changes like reduced state support and deployment of advanced technologies, the usefulness of the traditional higher education model is fast disappearing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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